Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, 21 August 1799

To George Washington

New York August 21st. 1799


I was yesterday honored with your letter of the 14th. instant.1

The recommendations of Captains Taylor and Blue will not fail to be considered when the situation of things is mature for the appointment of Brigade Inspectors.

Inclosed you will find a general abstract of the recruiting Returns,2 which at its date were received at the Office of the Adjutant General. Other Information induces me to estimate that the number now actually inlisted for Eleven of the Twelve additional Regiments exceeds Two thousand. The other is not yet in activity.

I ought to have informed you before this that General Wilkinson had arrived at this place. I have delivered to him heads of inquiry and conference, which embrace all the material points of consideration in our Western affairs.3 He is busily engaged in reporting upon them; written rather than verbal communication being by him preferred. The result of our Consultations will be transmitted to you for any direction which you may think fit to give.

With the truest respect & attachment   I have the honor to be   Sir   yr. obed. servant

Alex Hamilton

Lt. General Washington

LS, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress; ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1In this letter, which is listed in the appendix to this volume, Washington stated that he had received several letters “recommending Captain Edmund Taylor and Captain William K. Blue for the Office of Brigade Inspector.”

Richard K. Meade had recommended Taylor as brigade inspector inMeade to H, July 16, 1799.

A resident of Virginia, Blue was appointed a captain in the Seventh Regiment of Infantry on July 12, 1799 (Heitman, United States Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, From Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (Washington, 1903). description ends , I, 226), and the Senate consented to the appointment on May 14, 1800 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 343, 355).

2“General Abstract of Monthly Recruiting Returns of Troops Under the Command of Major General Hamilton,” August 17, 1799, signed by Abraham Ellery, assistant adjutant general (DS, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress).

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